Typical Timeline

Year 1

Full Standing

  • Required Coursework
  • Laboratory Rotations
  • Written Qualifying Exam on Coursework (August; end of 1st year)

Year 2

Advanced Standing

  • Required Coursework
  • Electives
  • Select Advisor
  • Begin Thesis Work

Year 3

Candidacy

  • Finish Coursework
  • Finalize Thesis Proposal
  • Oral Qualifying Exam (December)
  • Dissertation Research

Year 4 and onward

PhD and Onward!

  • Dissertation Research
  • Written Defense
  • Oral Defense